Find information, publications, industry contacts and more on the pistachio industry

On behalf of levy paying horticulture industries, Hort Innovation invests levy dollars and Australian Government contributions into research and development (R&D) projects to improve growers’ productivity and profitability and ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry.

For further information on industry levy, please visit the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

To provide advice to help ensure R&D investment decisions are balanced and prioritised by the current needs of each horticulture levy industry, Hort Innovation has established Strategic Investment Advisory Panels (SIAPs) for levy paying industries.

A pistachio industry SIAP has been formed and details of the panel are available on this page. As part of the SIAPs’ activity, it will discuss the process for developing the pistachio industry Strategic Investment Plan (SIP). The SIP underpins all R&D investments made by Hort Innovation.


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Find project updates and see your levy at work in the latest Hortlink


New strategic investments in the Pistachio Fund

New R&D projects

Information on the new R&D projects can be found below, with more information available in Hortlink 2017, edition 4.

Understanding and managing insects on pistachio orchards

Project Code: PS16000

Status: New project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 4

Contracted in September 2017, this two-year project will be responsible for increasing knowledge about pest and beneficial species of insects and mites in Australian pistachio orchards. In its course, it will help the industry better understand the pests that currently pose a risk to pistachio production, or that have the potential to move into orchards. It is expected this work will help the industry prioritise future research in pest management.

Pathogens and other factors contributing to dark staining on pistachio shells

Pistachio Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the pistachio industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Panel members

Name Organisation Location

SIAP meetings and summaries

Meeting Number Date Location Summary

Resources and downloads

Read articles relating to the pistachio industry


Contacts at Hort Innovation

Corrine Jasper
Relationship Manager

T 0439 433 885
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Pistachio Growers' Association Incorporated

Chris Lee, President
T 0428 922 576

27 Ludgate Hill Road
Aldgate SA 5154
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Strategic Investment Planning process for the pistachio industry is in progress

Your industry Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) lays the foundation for decision making in levy investments and represents a balanced view of stakeholders in your industry. If you’d like to read more about the SIP process, visit the SIP Portal.

See below for the completed consultation events and agendas on the pistachio SIP. For attending SIP events, register your interest.

Upcoming consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Pistachio Loxton, SA February, 2018